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McCarthy Searching for Strike Partnership
Saturday, 26th Jan 2013 06:00

Blues boss Mick McCarthy says he is looking for a strike partnership to develop between two of his five main frontmen. The Town manager has added David McGoldrick (pictured), Aaron Mclean and Frank Nouble to his squad during this transfer window with Michael Chopra and Daryl Murphy already at the club.

McGoldrick and Mclean have started the last two matches but are yet to find the target and the Blues boss hints that he might look to change things around at Bristol City today: “I’ve put them in and had two games with them.

“Aaron hasn’t had the games David’s had and has probably looked that way in terms of being short of match practice. But he’s a real handful. I think David has just got better in the games, he played well last week.

“We’ve got five of them, so it’s a question of finding a good partnership between the five of them and I’ll stick with that until it’s not working, then we’ll try something else.”

If McCarthy does decide to make a switch, Murphy would appear the favourite to come into the team alongside McGoldrick. Mclean, Nouble and Chopra are all likely to be on the bench.

In addition to those five, Ronan Murray is on loan at Plymouth until the end of the season, Nathan Ellington would appear to be surplus to requirements having returned from his loan spell at Scunthorpe, while Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is now more likely to be used in midfield. Jason Scotland’s contract was settled last week.

Meanwhile, former Blue David Wright has joined Colchester United having been released by Crystal Palace.

Ex-Town frontman Dean McDonald has signed for Blue Square Bet Premier side Macclesfield Town having been on trial with the Silkmen last summer following his departure from Carshalton Athletic.

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Ipswich24 added 07:27 - Jan 26
I would go with Murphy if we are going to continue to play hoof ball. I will wait for the negative remarks to this post but its true. So with this in mind need our tallest players
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ChrisMakin2012 added 08:49 - Jan 26
DJ Campbell and Murphy
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Keaneish added 09:09 - Jan 26
You're right Ipswich24 so it shouldn't warrant any negative marks but given we don't have the ball players in the centre of the park, I'm not so adverse to this if it picks us up points.

My bet is on Chopra and Mcgoldrick being the winning combination and would love to see them get a run of 5 games but it'll be Murphy unless big Mick has been holding Chopra back a bit until after this enquiry had been dealt with as he's still one of our best players regardless of form!
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arc added 10:54 - Jan 26
Well, better this talk than playing one up-front.
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yorksblue added 11:07 - Jan 26
Wright to Colchester. Why, when he could have come home and solved Mick's dilemma after today's game. Should never have left.
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Mark added 11:20 - Jan 26
I think Murphy was a bit part of the reason DJ Campbell did so well, so I'd be tempted to try Murphy and McGoldrick for the next three games to see if they can forge a partnership.
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village_blue added 11:53 - Jan 26
I would go for Myrphy and McClean as a strike partnership and give them at least the next 5 games .
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bluemikey100 added 12:03 - Jan 26
murphy scored few goals when DJ upfront now murphy dropped midfield needs to chip in with few more goals defence scored 5 between them and midfield only 3 goals very poor scorin rate so cmon midfield put shootin boots on
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Lightningboy added 13:07 - Jan 26
I'd go big man/little man...Murphy & McGoldrick?

Don't make the mistake of previous managers Mick - pick 2 and let them build a partnership.
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ChrisMakin2012 added 15:01 - Jan 26
Scotland and Campbell would of been good
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